Tehran- The countries that participated in the Tehran Consultative Meeting on Syria proposed that a contact group be established to help defuse the Syrian crisis through political channels.
The proposal was put forward in a statement issued at the end of the one-day international meeting, which was held in the Iranian capital with the aim of stepping up regional and international efforts to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis.
The meeting was chaired by Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, and delegates from Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Belarus, Benin, China, Cuba, Ecuador, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, and the United Nations attended the meeting.
The following recommendations were made in the meeting’s final statement, the English text of which was released by the Iranian Foreign Ministry:
- Expressing serious concern over the continuation of clashes and violation of human rights in Syria and the vast losses and damages which have caused grief and numerous problems for the people of Syria, and expressing sympathy with the family of the victims of armed clashes and terrorist acts.
- Emphasizing the necessity of pursuing political solutions based on national dialogue as the only way to resolve the Syrian crisis with the main objective of bringing the violence to a total end and encouraging the two sides to prepare the ground for the national dialogue.
- Expressing support to the legitimate demands of the Syrian people to carry out reforms in order to build democracy and promote all-out political partnership of different parties and opposition groups to exercise their right to run their own country, in a peaceful manner and calm atmosphere and without any foreign intervention.
- Expressing welcome and support to all good offices made already in line with the principles of good intentions and impartiality to settle the Syrian crisis and appreciating the efforts made by the Secretary General of the UN and his special envoy Mr. Kofi Annan for his 6-point plan as well as putting emphasis on continuation of the activities of the international observers to consolidate sustainable peace and tranquility in Syria.
- Emphasizing the need to uphold the principles of international law regarding non-intervention in domestic affairs of other countries and the respect of their national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and urging to cease the hostilities by putting an end to any military assistance to armed groups and warning of the dangerous impacts of support for armed groups on regional peace and security.
- Emphasizing the necessity to deliver humanitarian assistance to the people of Syria in order to mitigate the plight of Syrian people in cooperation with the government of Syria.
- Emphasizing the necessity to examine establishing of a contact group from among the participating countries aiming to end the violence and starting the inclusive dialogue between the Syrian government and the opposition.
- Expressing serious concern over the entry of known terrorist groups and sects into the Syrian conflict and seriously warning of the spread of terrorism and its dire consequences on the peace and security of the region.
- Welcoming the proposal of the Islamic Republic of Iran for calling upon the conflicting parties to end clashes and violence for three months on the occasion of the arrival of Eid al-Fitr, which is one of the most important (festivities) for all Muslims of the world to stop hostilities in Syria in order to follow up negotiations and adopt peaceful mechanisms.
For his part, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon sent a message to the Tehran meeting, which was read out by Consuelo Vidal-Bruce, the UN resident coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
“All of us have a responsibility to the people of Syria. We must use all of the peaceful means in the UN Charter to help them unite around a Syrian-led transition process that is based on dialogue and compromise by all sides on the ground, not bullets, arrests, abductions, and intimidation. This process should also preserve Syria’s unity and territorial integrity.” Ban said in his letter.